Regional Briefs – November 12, 2014

NY Soldier, Missing Since Korean War, Identified

ITHACA, N.Y. – The remains of a Korean War soldier were identified more than 60 years after he died, the Pentagon announced Monday. Army Sgt. Michael J. Barra, 18, of Ithaca was reported missing in action while battling Chinese forces in late 1950. Returning American POWs said he was captured and died in 1951 at a North Korean POW camp. His remains were turned over in the early 1990s.

Rockland Legislator Accused Of Falsifying Petitions

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – A Rockland County legislator on Monday was arrested for falsifying political petitions, the Journal News reported. Frank Sparaco on July 10 handed in petitions with allegedly false addresses of people he was trying to get elected to the Clarkstown Republican Committee. He was locked in a battle for control with County Executive Ed Day.

Audit: Key Fixes Never Made Mexico: Half of Artifacts in Auction Fakes

MEXICO CITY – The Mexican government upped its estimate of how many fakes are listed for sale in a Bonhams auction of pre-Hispanic artifacts scheduled for Wednesday in New York. After sending experts to the gallery, they now say 50 percent are recently made copies, up for 25 percent. It wants Bonhams to stop the sale, because the other 50 percent are national heritage pieces.

After NYC Crane Falls

NEW YORK – New York City implemented only eight of the 65 recommendations made following two deadly crane collapses in 2008, an audit by Comptroller Scott Stringer found, the Daily News reported. Another 17 have been partially implemented and 18 are in progress.

Driver in Fatal Crash Charged With Death by Auto

SAYREVILLE, N.J. – A driver on Monday was charged with “death by auto” after a crash caused the killing of his passenger. Nicholas Gomes, 20, was driving Sunday night on Route 9, when his car struck a concrete highway divider. Brandon Narleski, 19, who was sitting in the front seat, was thrown from the vehicle and died.

220th Anniversary of Canandaigua Treaty Marked

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – Tribal leaders and federal officials on Tuesday marked the 220th anniversary of the Canandaigua Treaty, which the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy signed with the U.S. government on Nov. 11, 1794, recognizing tribal sovereignty. It was signed by Col. Timothy Pickering, the official agent of President George Washington.